Scholarship Programs

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Scholarship funding is available for highly motivated, high-performing and socially engaged students and doctoral candidates. Thirteen organizations for the support of young talent at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as well as the Federal Ministry of the Interior, award scholarships to committed and talented students and doctoral candidates. Support includes financial and non-financial forms.

Studying with a Scholarship – Information Event in November 2023

Did you always want to know more about how to apply for a scholarship and the requirements to be met?

At this event you can meet scholarship recipients of well-known funding organizations and ask them about their experiences on the way to a scholarship. You might even decide to apply for a scholarship yourself after this event.

Date: November 2023
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Room: Campus Griebnitzsee

Organizer: Central Student Advisory Service

How can I get a scholarship?

Information about scholarships and application materials can be found at the respective foundations. At the University of Potsdam, there are advisory services offered by the Division for Planning, Statistics, Research Affairs and Organization, the Central Student Advisory Service, the International Office, and the liaison lecturers. We recommend that you contact students who are currently receiving funding, perhaps via the liaison lecturers.

When is the right time to apply?

You should begin your scholarship application right at the beginning of your studies. As soon as you have been admitted to a degree program, you can send your application materials to the scholarship provider of your choice. At the latest, you should apply by the end of your second semester. It may be too late to do so after that point. This is because foundations typically want to support a student for as long as possible. At least 4 semesters should remain in your studies when you begin receiving your funding. This time often includes a master’s program or doctoral program directly afterwards. However, do not let this intimidate you! Please ask the scholarship provider if they deviate from these rules.

Where can I ask my questions about “Studying with a scholarship”?

If you have any questions on the subject of “Studying with a scholarship”, please feel free to contact the Central Student Advisory Service at studienberatunguni-potsdamde. If you wish, we will also try to put you in touch with scholarship holders of specific foundations. In our experience, direct contact between current scholarship holders and applicants for a scholarship is a good way to get answers.

If you have already made the decision to apply for a scholarship with a specific foundation, you can, of course, also get in direct contact with those responsible for scholarship applications at the respective foundation (see the foundation links below). The foundations’ websites usually also provide contact information for the current group of scholarship holders.

New: Brandenburg Scholarship for Rural Teachers

Brandenburg wants to attract teaching degree students to teach at schools in the state of Brandenburg that are in particular need of fully trained teachers. To this end, the Brandenburg Scholarship for Rural Teachers will be launched – for the first time in the winter semester of 2021/22 with 25 scholarships as a pilot program. In this program, teaching degree students will commit to teaching in regions with a particular need for teachers after passing their state examinations.

Applications are open to teaching degree students from all over Germany as of the beginning of their 5th semester in the teaching degree program. The deadline for applications is December 1 for funding starting on April 1 and July 1 for funding starting on October 1 of the calendar year.

The scholarship amounts to EUR600 per month for the duration of the remaining standard period of study (“Regelstudienzeit”). As a prerequisite the student will have to commit to completing, among other things, an internship and the practical semester as well as the preparatory service at the specified schools with particular need in the state of Brandenburg and then work there as a teacher for the duration of at least as many school terms as the scholarship had previously been granted. The scholarship also includes a non-material component: special training courses, school fairs and networking events, as well as a mentoring program in the respective schools. Participation in these is mandatory.

All necessary information for the application is available on the website of the Ministry of Education.

Scholarships from the University of Potsdam for doctoral students

The University of Potsdam awards both full-time scholarships and final scholarships for Ph.D. students. You can find deadlines for applications, application forms and further information here.

Foundations that provide funding

Aufstiegsstipendium für Berufserfahrene



Das Universitätsstipendium Potsdam

Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk

Evangelisches Studienwerk e. V. Villigst

E.W. Kuhlmann-Stiftung


Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit







Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes